After two decades as supervisor in the Town of Thompson, Tony Cellini will not seek re-election. Our Eva McKend met with Cellini to discuss his legacy and what lies ahead for the town.
THOMPSON, N.Y. -- After almost 20 years on the town board, Tony Cellini first ran for Town of Thompson Supervisor back in 1993 when he felt the town "needed a kick in the butt."
Since then, the people of Thompson elected him nine more times and in his 20 years as supervisor, he says among his proudest accomplishments have been keeping the tax rate the same as it was 15 years ago. He's also brought much needed business to Thompson. The town board recently approved a multi-million dollar resort at the site of the old Concord hotel, a project that is finally expected to break ground in the next few months.
"It’s time for new ideas, new thoughts in this era. We’re handing the reigns over with a lot of the accomplishments which have happened here. There’s a $600 million project that will soon come to fruition and therefore, I think we’ve done a good job," said Cellini.
During his time as supervisor, Cellini has championed economic revitalization. He’s brought many businesses to the town, including Home Depot, but will the next supervisor be able to pick up where he leaves off?
"I think our community will be in good hands. Tony Cellini is going to be very difficult to replace. He’s a special kind of person. He’s done so much, particularly in regards to economic development around the area and for our town that that’s going to be hard to duplicate by anyone," said Town Deputy Supervisor Richard Sush.
Sush would not say if he will throw his hat in the ring for the job, but whoever the supervisor's successor is, Cellini says there is one part of his tenure he hopes people will remember.
"My character. I can tell you I’ve been above board. I’ve been forthright with my decisions. I’ve been honest and we’ve run a good clean government here."